Children’s Religious Exploration
Religious Exploration Hour for Children and Youth
Linette Lowe - Director of Religious Exploration dre [at] firstulou.org (subject: First%20Unitarian%20Religious%20Exploration) (email)
Link to 2017-2018 online RE Registration:
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Fall 2017 RE Programming
August 20 - December 17
Nursery care is available during the RE hour (9:30-11:00) for children infants to Preschoolers in Room 214 every Sunday. Nursery care continues during the service as well, though all children are welcome in the service.
Infants and toddlers in the nursery will be engaged with an age-appropriate chalice-lighting, story, activity and snack each week, as well as ample time for play. Elena Meeks and NaQueesha Puckett, Leaders. Room 214.
Preschool - 1st Grade (Explorers): Treasure Hunting--Take 2
Each Sunday, we hunt for a treasure to add to our take-home treasure boxes and our classroom treasure chest. Through games, crafts, songs, and stories, we explore the meaning behind a Unitarian Universalist principle or value. During the Fall semester, themes will focus on treasuring our own and others' thoughts and feelings. During the Spring semester, the focus will turn outward to explore the treasures of our church, our Unitarian Universalist faith, our world community, and the interconnected web of life. Room 212.
2nd - 4th Grade (Seekers): Spirit of Adventure
Spirit of Adventure recognizes that there are many ways of learning, and that engaged, active learning about our UU faith is essential at this age. Our Principles and Sources as well as the lives of those who have exemplified our UU values are taught using activities that offer physical movement, challenge, and adventure. The themes for the year include sports, medicine, food, winter holidays, science, building, exploring, and the web of life. Examples of activities include building a cantilevered architecture using graham crackers, interviewing a sports coach, sampling unusual foods, learning first aid, and dissecting an old computer. Room 207.
5th - 8th Grade (Questers): Lodestone
The Middle School years are a time of intense change for parent(s) and for kids. Lodestone provides a peer group so that as middle schoolers separate from the family in their teen years, they will have a place of values, friendship, open-mindedness and spiritual exploration to call their own. The themes covered include UU identity, money, race, and death. The sessions begin conversations that are continued in once-monthly Family Conversations and Social Gatherings on a Sunday afternoon. The curriculum celebrates our multiple intelligences with hands-on activities that include movement/time outdoors, silence/mindfullness, service, and silliness. Room 202.
Senior High: Individual Apprenticeships
Senior high students will work with the Director of RE to find meaningful and fun involvement in the life of the church. Opportunities might include assisting in a classroom, learning a skill such as working tech deck, or working directly with the DRE.
All Ages One Room Schoolhouse on Monthly Ministry Themes--2nd Sundays, Rm. 205
September 10--Worth and Dignity
October 08--Emotional Intelligence
November 12--Care of the Soul
Discover Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education
Exploration classes for children will not be held on these holidays:
- Last two Sundays of December. Child care on that day will be offered for ages infant through 5th grade. Please pick up children in your care at 10:45 a.m. for the Celebration of Life worship service.
- First two Sundays of January. Child care on that day will be offered for ages infant through 5th grade. Please pick up children in your care at 10:45 a.m. for the Celebration of Life worship service.
- Easter Sunday. Adults are invited to bring children in their care to the All-church Easter Breakfast during first hour. Activities for children are a part of the Easter celebration.
Children's Celebration during the Celebration of Life Service
After Exploration Hour all youth and children in Preschool through High School join their families to attend the multigenerational Celebration of Life worship service at 11:00. Please pick up children Preschool and older at 10:45 for the Celebration of Life worship service.
The Goal of Religious Exploration
First Unitarian Church Religious Education nurtures both roots and wings; the roots of community and shared values, and the wings of the free mind and creative spirit. Liberal Religious Education can lead each person into living a life loyal to their deepest faith, toward wholeness and ultimate commitment.
UU Anti-Racism Resources in Response to Ferguson:
The link below is a compilation of resources designed to help parents talk to their children and youth about race, racism, and what happened in Ferguson.